03/12/13 12:00pm
03/12/2013 12:00 PM
TIM GANNON PHOTO | The Boulder Creeks signs have been removed from the Route 58 building. Joe's Crab Shack is on its way.

TIM GANNON PHOTO | The Boulder Creeks signs have been removed from the Route 58 building. Joe’s Crab Shack is on its way.

Renovation work has started on the former Boulder Creek restaurant building in Riverhead Centre, which is now on its ways to becoming a Joe’s Crab Shack restaurant.

Joe’s Crab Shack has a commercial demolition permit for the interior of the restaurant, which was issued Jan. 23, and a commercial alteration permit, which was issued Feb. 28.

The company has also filed a site plan application with Riverhead Town for a facade alteration.

The Boulder Creek signs on the building have been removed. Boulder Creek had been in Riverhead Centre since the Route 58 shopping center opened in 2003, but the restaurant closed in October 2011 and all its appliances, decor and utensils were later auctioned off.

Joe’s Crab Shack is a national seafood chain owned by Houston-based Ignite Restaurant Group. It was founded in 1991. There are 127 across the U.S. and this will be the first Joe’s in Suffolk County and second on Long Island.  A Joe’s Crab Shack opened in Oceanside last year.

tgannon@timesreview.com